Archives for September, 2011

w00t! It’s Ig Nobel Prize season again! A brief description: The Ig® Nobel Prizes The Ig Nobel Prizes honor achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think. The prizes are intended to celebrate the unusual, honor the imaginative — and spur people’s interest in science, medicine, and technology. “Last, but not least,…

Computer science and computer science education are a couple of my evergreen topics here on this blog, as you can see by perusing the computer science tag. And of course, my trip to Harvard for LIAL this past summer perhaps has that institution on my radar a bit more than usual. So how wonderful is…

My 2011 summer reading was pretty meagre this year. For various reasons too boring to go into here, there wasn’t much actually much vacation for me this summer. I think I’ll probably have a better December/Christmas reading list than summer. Such is life. Anyways, what I did read was pretty good, so let’s get to…

The Future of Libraries The Guardian’s 9/11 mistake shows we’re still learning the boundaries of Twitter Feeling pointy A Quick Buck by Copy and Paste: A review of Gamification by Design Stop the Internet, we want to get off! Open Access Is Infrastructure, Not Religion Internet Ruffles Pricey Scholarly Journals Think Different? Not in Higher…

There’s this weird phenomenon on Twitter of HULK accounts, where some secret individual or cabal creates an online persona to criticize the status quo in some area of human experience, but in the lively patois of the old school Marvel Comics character, The Incredible Hulk. Feminist Hulk, Adjunct Hulk, Editor Hulk and many others. Now…

A project I heartily endorse on a topic near and dear to my heart, launched by the Library Society of the World, Librarianship by Walking Around: The Library Society of the World is putting together an online and print-on-demand anthology of weblog posts, essays, articles, and other material entitled Librarianship by Walking Around, patterned after…

I announced the short list for the Lane Anderson Award a little while back and now the winners were announced here in Toronto a few nights ago: Adult Titles Winner The Ptarmigan’s Dilemma: An Ecological Exploration into the Mysteries of Life by John Theberge and Mary Theberge. (McCelland & Stewart) Young Readers Winner Evolution: How…

How do no one every tell of this NewsBiscuit before? It’s fantastic, kind of a UK version of The Onion, but dryer and more polite. Or something. Anyways, here’s a recent one, my introduction to this fantastic site: Homeopathic leak threatens catastrophe. An accidental release of highly dilute homeopathic waste from a research institute in…

As a former IT person and a current librarian, I’ve got to say that this article,Want Good IT Customer Service? Visit Your Library, has a lot of truth in it — I definitely see the differences between my former profession and my current one. And as the article points out, many of those differences are…

Academically on Course Journal Submissions Asking the right questions Inger Mewburn – Is There a New Digital Divide Brewing? The case for libraries’ use of social media: a how-to Social Media – Oversold and Undervalued 15 Case Studies to Get Your Library Director On Board With Social Media (Moral) Hazards of Scanning for Plagiarists: Evidence…

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